Ivory Coast pulled off a stunning victory against Mali, securing a hard-fought spot in the semifinals against DR Congo.


The game unfolded with Mali exerting intense pressure and creating numerous early scoring opportunities. Despite a potential handball call against Ivory Coast, which was overturned upon review, they managed to avoid an early setback.

Mali had a chance to take the lead in the 16th minute with a penalty opportunity, but Adama Traore's shot was expertly blocked by Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Yahia Fofana. However, Ivory Coast faced adversity just before halftime when they were reduced to 10 men due to a second yellow card offense.

The second half witnessed Mali dominating possession, and Nene Dorgeles unleashed a remarkable shot in the 71st minute to put Mali in the lead. Despite the setback, Ivory Coast displayed resilience, and Simon Adingra equalized the scoreline in the dying minutes.

As the match extended into extra time, Ivory Coast's Sebastien Haller narrowly missed a goal with a header. Nonetheless, Oumar Diakite secured Ivory Coast's victory with a skillful flick in the 120th minute, ultimately sealing their place in the semifinals amid intense competition.


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